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Complete: Floor and Tailor Income Generating Project for Habiba Khatun (9)- India: $1,007 Raised. Thank You!

23 November 2013 2 Comments

This project is now complete.
Launched: April 30, 2013.
Completed: November 8, 2013.

Floor and Tailor Income Generating Project for Habiba Khatun (9) of India

Our goal was to raise $915.

$1,007 raised! -THANK YOU!

Special Thanks to: Jocelyn Burrows-Vache and Jeff and Suzzanne Cutler who so generously donated their recent raffle prizes to this project.  Thanks also to longtime repeat donor Elvis Kibiti for his generous $200 donation that will be matched by his employer. You are incredible!
Also, a double special thanks again to Jeff and Suzzanne Cutler for their generous $150 donation that finished off this project with a little extra for the family’s food and clothing needs. We are all so grateful.

See photos of the family with their concrete paved home, groceries, and clothing.

Habiba and her family live in India with a low monthly income and no floor for their home. Without a floor, their home is very damp and cold during winter and the family runs the risk for disease in the summer. Also, Habiba’s father, currently, does tailoring work for someone else. If he owned his own sewing machine, he could work directly with clients and earn a higher monthly income for the family. We aimed to raise $915 for the following items: a sewing machine, an electric motor, wooden tools, bricks, cement, sand, stone chips, and labor. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

Habiba (9)

Habiba (9)


When the project for Habiba was first announced, there was a need for tailoring equipment for Habiba’s father.  We learned that he received a promotion at his job in a local garment factory and due to his new responsibilities, would need to work full time at the factory.  He would not have time to start his own tailoring business. Instead of purchasing equipment for his business, Habiba’s dad asked our agency to use the funds instead to purchase a steel almirah (cabinet) and a plastic shelving unit for the family’s use in storing their belongings.

Habiba’s house that she lives in with her family has a mud floor. It leaves the room damp and cold. In summer, this cool effect may be comfortable however, the children are likely to contract common infections like cold, cough, or pharyngitis. Habiba’s father informed Children International that they would be happy if the floor of the house would be laid with concrete.

Project Breakdown:

Tailor Income Generation Project
1 sewing machine – $102
1 Electric motor – $18
1 Wooden tool – $18
Labor charges for the setup – $9

Total for IGP: $147

Floor Installation
Breakdown is for four floors:
Bricks – $276
Cement – $110
Sand – $62
Stone Chips – $55

Skilled Labor (12 days) – $62
Unskilled Labor (24 days) – $75
Carrying Cost – $51
Consultant’s Fee – $6
Contingency- $70

Total for Floors: $768

Total for IGP and Floors: $915

Habiba is the sponsor child of Dorothee Clinton of Brooklyn, NY.

“I have been sponsoring Habiba for about two years. I became her sponsor after spotting her in the annual “End the Wait” campaign – she was listed on the page for those without water in their home. I quickly learned that Habiba was doing poorly in school, but with help she’s really begun to flourish and is now getting good grades and progressing normally. She’s a hard worker and seems to have a very loving and supportive family. I’m very grateful for any opportunity to be able to help Habiba and her family further.”

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2 Comments »

  • Sabrina said:

    It’s great to see that Habiba’s fundraiser is about a third funded now! Since it is for two things–an Income-Generating Project as well as home improvement–I have a question. Now that there is enough money to fund the IGP, will that amount be sent right away, or does it all have to wait until the full amount of money has been raised for both goals?

  • Kristen said:

    HI Sabrina,
    Normally we wait for all the money to be raised and then Children International makes sure it’s spent the way we (and our donors) intended. That said, there have been a few cases where we bought some things in advance, like tuition for a fee deadline etc. If Habiba’s sponsor Dorothee wanted to go ahead and do the IGP right away, she could just ask CI and it shouldn’t be a problem. That said, we only have $159 (as of today) left to raise. Getting close. 🙂

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